Hyzon Motors has unveiled a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Superior Pak to develop and supply 20 hydrogen-powered refuse collection trucks (RCV).
The Australian-based manufacturer of waste handling equipment, Superior Pak, will utilise what the group claims is Australia’s first hydrogen-powered RCVs to help decarbonise its operations.
The companies aim to deliver a zero-emissions, high-performance side lift garbage truck, capable of undertaking 1500-2000 compactor lifts that is required during an eight-to-10-hour suburban working cycle.
The first five trucks are expected to be delivered and operational in Q2 of 2022.
Three of the first five vehicles are expected to be available from Hyzon under a minimum one-month demonstration loan arrangement in the Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne areas associated with available hydrogen refuelling facilities.
Orders are currently being accepted for the balance of 15 vehicles with expected demand from local governments in addition to waste collection operators across Australia.
Refuse collection offers a particularly suitable application for hydrogen fuel cell technology to replace diesel, as the back-to-base model allows for a central refuelling infrastructure.
Operating the hydraulic lifts also demands significant power, which Hyzon’s high-density fuel cells can readily supply.
Craig Knight, CEO of Hyzon Motors, said, “Over 530 Australian municipalities manage waste collection for their residents, many of which have committed to net-zero emissions across their operations.
“Despite these commitments, few viable zero-emissions options exist.”
Rob Wrigley, Managing Director of Superior Pak, said, “Clean waste management is no longer an oxymoron.
“The benefits to the environment, the communities and drivers is enormous, so we are determined to develop a reliable, accessible option within a year.”
The global hydrogen revolution for commercial vehicles is here, and Hyzon Motors is at the vanguard
It was 2003 when Craig Knight, George Gu and Gary Robb set out on a mission to build the world’s first profitable fuel cell company. Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies was established in Singapore that year, and has a founding story fuelled with curiosity, ambition and willingness to move forward in one of the most difficult technology spaces.
Technology-agnostic and commercially focused, Horizon’s ambition was to achieve sustainable decarbonisation targets without relying on government subsidies, billions of dollars of private capital, and to create a profitable fuel cell company, in an industry that had not seen a profit in 30 years, and was still quite far from breaking through at the time.
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